Avis "Cotton" McKay

October 5, 1936June 26, 2014

STARKS - Avis "Cotton" McKay, 77, passed away Thursday, June 26, 2014 in a local hospital.

He was a lifelong Starks resident, a Veteran of the Air Force and a retired as a welder from Livingston Shipyard in Orange. Cotton enjoyed gardening and watching horse racing and spent many hours volunteering his services for VFW Post 4759 of Starks. He loved his family and especially spoiling his grandchildren.

Survivors include his children, Scott R. McKay, Steven A. McKay and Cassidy H. McKay all of Starks; brother, Archie McKay of Houston; sisters, Melba Jean Touchet and Richard of Kaplan, Enid "Sissy" Broussard and J.E. "Slim" of Vinton; and Maxine McDonald of Wichita, Kansas; grandchildren, Lucas W. Barlow and Jacklyn, Sheramie Barlow and Kenneth, Danny Barlow and Brandi; and Jody Barlow and Julia; great-grandchildren, Terhyn, Jordhyn and Hunter Barlow; and Chaston O'Bannon. He is preceded in death by his parents, Chester A. and Susie McKay; wife, Linda Ward McKay; son, Steven Avis McKay; daughter, Sheryl Jean Barlow; grandson, Derrick Barlow; and two brothers, Arice “Birdie” McKay and Arnold “Toad” McKay.

Funeral Services will be at 2 p.m., Sunday, June 29 in Hixson Funeral Home of Vinton. The Rev. Jeremy Shields will officiate. Burial will follow in Miller Annex Cemetery of Starks. Visitation will be held at the funeral home 4 - 9 p.m. Saturday and resume at 10 a.m. Sunday until time of service. Words of comfort may be shared with the family at


  • Visitation Saturday, June 28, 2014
  • Visitation Sunday, June 29, 2014
  • Funeral Service Sunday, June 29, 2014

Avis "Cotton" McKay

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Susan McKay

July 3, 2014

Will miss you....

stephanie mckay

July 1, 2014

I know for certain that we never lose the people we love, even to death. They continue to participate in every act, thought and decision we make. His love leaves an indelible imprint in our memories. We find comfort in knowing that our lives have been enriched by having shared his love.

Annie McKay

June 30, 2014


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